Sunday Hunting in Virginia
15 Reasons to Allow Sunday Hunting on Private Property
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1. Property Right: Hunting on one’s own land – private property – should be allowed 7 days a week during hunting season. If a landowner does not support hunting on Sundays, for any reason, he or she has the right to refuse permission to hunters.
2. Next Generation: Hunting on Sunday gives busy families the ability to teach hunting to the next generation. School and sport activities often dominate Saturdays for children, leaving Sunday as the only day to go hunting.
3. Blue Collar Access: Hunting on Sunday allows hard-working Virginians who work 5 or 6 days a week the ability to hunt. Hunting is a seasonal sport with general firearms season encompassing only 49 days. We need to allow our working-class citizens to better utilize the short season they’re allotted.
4. Economic Benefit: Hunting on Sunday has the potential for substantial economic benefits to Virginia businesses with no taxpayer subsidies.
Total Jobs: 3,926
Total Wages: $105,162,903
Total Output: $296,295,142
5.Decline in License Sales: The Game Department is self-funded through license sales and a portion of the sales tax on hunting, fishing and boating purchases. License sales have declined by 50% since 1974 and continue to decline by 1 to 2% every year. An extra weekend day could increase license sales and help fund the Game Department.
6. Allowed in Other States: Hunting on private property on Sunday is allowed in 45 other states. The states that don’t currently allow Sunday hunting, or limit it, are states close in proximity to Virginia. This could attract hunters from neighboring states and boost tourism in Virginia.
7. On Sunday you can…: In Virginia, on Sunday you can go riding, flying, fishing, boating, go to a movie, purchase liquor, visit an Off Track Betting Parlor, the Virginia Horse Center, a massage parlor, a NASCAR event, a thousand youth sporting events, shopping for anything, buy beer and wine at the grocery store and spend time in an exotic dancing establishment or adult bookstore. The ban on hunting is absurd when compared to these other activities.
8. Outdated Blue Law: The law banning Sunday hunting is one of the Blue Laws enacted in the colonial period that has outlived its usefulness in this day in age. The ban on Sunday hunting is all that remains of these Blue Laws.
9. Safety for other Outdoor Enthusiasts: 45 states have proven that hunters and non-hunters can safely coexist in the outdoors every day of the week. Public property will still be hunter-free on Sundays, so non-hunting outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy all federal and state parks and forests on Sundays.
10. Deer Are Dangerous: Deer are dangerous to citizens on our roads. The odds of a Virginia driver colliding with a deer are 1 in 110, according to a 2011 study, and Virginia is usually among the top 10 states with the most frequent deer-vehicle collisions per year. Sunday hunting will increase game management options and make our roads safer for all motorists.
11. Wildlife Impact: Both national and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologists state that Sunday hunting has no negative biological impact on wildlife.
12. Guard & Reserves: Our Virginia National Guard and U.S. Reserves are called to active duty on an ever more frequent basis, and their drill weekends tend to be more than one weekend a month. We should honor their service by giving them an extra day in the woods.
13. Crop Damage: As reported by the Farm Bureau, farm crop impacts are growing because deer herds are expanding. The DGIF confirms that deer herds have dramatically expanded over the past several decades, resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenue for our farmers. We should allow farmers to decide whether they want to allow hunters on their land to help cull destructive herds on Sundays.
14. Constitutional right: Hunting is a Constitutional right that should be allowed 7 days a week during hunting season, not limited to six.
15. Providing for the Poor: Additional hunting time on Sundays would allow more hunters to provide and donate meat to local non-profits that help to feed the commonwealth’s less fortunate citizens with venison: a healthy, high protein, low fat food.